Well, I learned a few things tonight.
After Friday's fiasco
, I grew restless over the weekend, which caused my brain to start functioning on it's higher levels, which as we all know, is bad.
Fuck you, DVD! Go play with your WII!
Inspiration hit me while I was driving to work. I remembered fondly of the days past when I used to check out PSX systems from Blockbuster to try the odd game (I was on a N64 at the time) or when I rented an SNES from the only place in Plano that did so, so I could prove to my mom that it was a worthwhile Xmas present.
I would rent an Xbox 360. This wasn't impossible by any means. Nay. For renting a game system is definitely do-able.
But highly unlikely. Blockbuster and Hollywood Video do NOT rent out video game systems, anymore. And Rent A Center isn't interested in renting for renting's sake. They do rent to own, which means they only want that game system back if the repo man's bringing it back. Otherwise, they expect you to own it at the end of their extended and costly contract. So, when I inquired about a 3 week rental for an Xbox 360, they quoted me $28 a week, with no discounts.
$28 a week X number of weeks it takes to get your 360 back from MS = Not a good deal.
So, further pondering, I wondered aloud if simply purchasing and returning a console would be a viable option. According to the gent at Best Buy, yes, returns of game consoles are possible outside of the regular 14 day time period. Given that it's the holidays, I have taken it upon myself to procure an Arcade 360 system, extracted the HDD from the dead box, and situate myself on essentially a borrowed system while my system awaits it's eventual replacement.
Essentially, I am planning on keeping this system through the start of the new year, and then magically, I won't need it anymore. I'm not too happy I had to resort to this option considering that I had to lay out a large amount of cash upfront for something I truly don't need, but I'm having company over several times this month, and going places where large functions will be held, and the somber mood of family at Xmas time improves greatly when you can start crooning out the lyrics to "I Think Aunt Flo is Paranoid" over the warbly Shirley Manson's own version.
Accuse me however you feel obliged to, but I did what was right in the face of obvious morals to make sure that my family doesn't drive itself to drink like I have over the holidays.